Sunday, November 1, 2015

Wrapping up October

Well, we've had a pretty fun October. Several big adventures, many days out exploring nearby forests and at the park, lots of leaf collecting sessions and to wrap it all up a great Halloween!

Ellie was hilarious deciding what she wanted to be for Halloween. she changed her mind a whole bunch. I started keeping a list of all the things she told me she wanted to be, but I definitely missed several. Here's her list:

-a house
-a butterfly
-a mermaid
-a mom
-back to a mermaid
-a stop sign
-back to a mermaid (thank goodness, because we already had her costume by this time) 
-This one was funny. She wanted to be "Chime Time" from Daniel Tiger. Not sure how that one would have worked! I guess she could have gone covered in clocks?? (For non-Daniel watchers, Daniel's dad works at a clock factory, and there's an episode where Daniel visits him at work and gets there just in time for chime time, the time when all the clocks chime at the same time). What an imaginative, silly little miss! 

We wanted to do a family theme, and I REALLY wanted Aiden to be Harry Potter, so I figured Ben and I could come up with something pretty easily to fit the theme and we'd just count Ellie as one of the merpeople, however Halloween snuck up on me and the last week beforehand, I just plain didn't have the gumption to come up with costumes for Ben and I. Maybe next year! (Ha, yeah right...I said that last year too. Points for at least thinking of a theme we could do, right??) 

As far as Halloween festivities, we started out on Friday with trick-or-treating at Ben's office. It was pretty fun. Three stories of his building participate in it, so you pick up a bucket and coloring book at the front desk, and then you go around to the desks on those floors to trick-or-treat. The whole place was decked out too...Ben said his department had a $500 Halloween budget so they went to town with the decorating. We had a lot of fun.  It was fun to get to see a glimpse of Ben's world when he's not at home. Ellie loved the trick-or-treating part, Aiden was pretty tired and mostly snuggled on my shoulder, getting down here and there to grab a piece of candy. The only part he got excited about was the windows. Ben's office is on the 24th floor, and the other floors that participated were the 25th and 26th, so we had a pretty good view. Every time we'd walk past a big window section, he'd get excited and wiggle on out of my arms to go look. He loved watching so many cars zoom around like little ants, and he also loved watching the construction. They're building another big building right next door, so there were cranes working, and all sorts of exciting  construction things to see. 

We hit traffic coming home, then I made a wrong turn (okay...or two) and so we got home a lot later than we had intended. We didn't get home until 5 minutes before our ward trunk-or-treat, which we had intended to go to.  Aiden was exhausted so we knew he wouldn't make it, and we definitely weren't ready to run straight out the door again, but Ellie REALLY wanted to go to the "church party" so we skipped the dinner portion of the trunk-or-treat and Ben just took Ellie later for the festivities. Aiden and I stayed home and slept, we both needed it :) 

Halloween day was pretty fun too! We went to Grammy and Papa's for a festive evening. We spent time playing outside on the trampoline and in the woods, had dinner in a pumpkin, went trick-or-treating, then came home and had hot chocolate and caramel corn. We had intended to carve pumpkins as well, but we just plain ran out of time. 

Aiden did pretty well with trick-or-treating. It took him several houses to get the hang of it, but then he knew just what to do. Cute story, the neighbors across the street had quite an elaborate set-up in their yard with flashing lights, etc. so when Ben took Aiden up to their door (he was carrying him in case he got nervous) sweet little Aiden said "sacred, scared, scared" with this cute pouty little look. Other than that one house, I think he had fun. He sure did make a dang cute Harry Potter! 

Alright, enough chatting, here are the pictures!

From Dad's Office: 

It is quite the view from up there

Harry watching some construction magic happen

A happy girl and a tired boy, waiting to head home

Getting All Ready: 

She was hilarious running around the house in curlers. She loved having them in, and they made her act just plain silly! 

Once she was ready, I tried to get a good picture of her in her costume...but this is what I got.....
Of all the shots I took, this is the one that turned out the best of her whole costume. Silly miss! 

I love this sweet face. She has tiny freckles now  (on her nose and cheeks) and I just love them. I was hoping you could see them in the picture, but it looks like not. 

Aiden wasn't much more cooperative for  the stand and pose thing...this is all I got!

Playing at Grammy's before dinner:
Their yard is divine this time of year. Simply gorgeous. 

Playing crack the egg with Grammy and Em

When we got there, Em's face was colored too, but Em said it was uncomfortable and it scared Ellie, so she took it off and went for eyeshadow instead. 

The curlers worked great, Ellie had "curly mermaid hair" as requested. 

Alright, that covers it for Halloween. 

Now, a few other fall pictures from October......

The rewards of one of our leaf hunts. Some of the trees here are absolutely exquisite! Those dark pink ones matched the magenta shirt Ellie was wearing perfectly, I've never seen such bold color in a leaf. 

A beautiful tree in the parking lot

And....a few moments too cute not to share. Ellie and Aiden sharing, and a bunch of Aiden and his beloved school bus. I always want to remember this cute little stage of his. He carries this bus with him EVERYWHERE, ALL DAY long. 

And that's a wrap. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cotton Pickin'

For our family date this weekend, we drove an hour northwest out to Cartersville to explore some cotton fields. I discovered just this last week that the cotton fields were in bloom and when I saw a picture of how cool they were I knew we had to go. I figured the kids would enjoy exploring a new landscape,  I could get some good pictures out of it, and Ben had never actually been to a cotton field despite growing up in the South (an injustice that had to be remedied!) so it was a win all around.
We were not disappointed. 
The fields were just so COOL! 
Driving up to them, it just looked like a giant field of snow. In fact, Ellie called it "snow cotton." While we were getting out of the car..."Mom, can I go play with the snow cotton?"  We even had a family snowball fight, which was loads of fun. 

Poor Ellie wants it to snow SO bad! We explain to her that we live in a warmer place now, and that it doesn't snow very often at all, but she just keeps asking to play in the snow. We're REALLY hoping it snows when we're in UT for the holidays. 

In the mean least we had a "snowball" fight to hold her over :) 

We spent about an hour there, just wandering the fields, picking cotton for some fall decor, and taking pictures. Then we headed to Grammy and Papa's house on the way home, and Ellie made cookies with Grammy. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.

(Who can find Ellie in this picture?) 

The kids love getting kiss sandwiches, so every time we take pictures we do one. 

"Hmm....what IS this stuff? Seems odd. "

So here's something kinda funny. Someone we saw there asked if Ellie and Aiden were twins...and we actually get that a lot! They're so similar in height and weight, and they definitely look similar. We've had probably half a dozen people in the last few months ask us that. 

Coming at me with a snowball!

My favorite picture of the day

 Funny story about this bus. Aiden hasn't let go of it for days. He loves his school bus! 
 So Aiden hasn't woken up during the night for MONTHS. Not once. Until last night. I heard him crying pretty decently in the middle of the night, so I got up to go see what was up. Well, I guess Ben  let him take his school bus and his airplane to bed. He had woken up because he dropped his school bus. When I went in there, he started frantically telling me "stoo buhs, stoo buhs" and I realized he had lost his school bus in the folds of his blanket. As soon as I found it for him a huge smile spreads across his face. He snatched the bus from me, held it tight, laid down, snuggled in and said happily "dood night mom!", then closed his eyes and was asleep again within seconds. Silly boy :) 

I just love this one in black and white. 

Guess we wore this little sweetie out! 

I also wanted to put up these pictures. The park that's closest to us is really an amazing park. It has a huge playground area on astro-turf(so much better than wood chips!) that includes two playgrounds (one for smaller kids, one for bigger), a giant climbing web, and a swing set. Then...on top of the amazing's right on the Chatahoochee river, so you get these amazing views and a lovely dock that's perfect for picnics! Also they have about a dozen huge porch-type swings up on the hill so you can just sit and swing and look out at the river. It's an amazing spot. We sre so blessed to live in such a beautiful place. 

Can you beat a fall day like this? I think not! It was such a perfect day when we went, that we went again later when Ben got home.